Last minute geek Last minute geek and technology news, links, ideas and gift resources http://www.lastminutegeek.com/component/content/frontpage.html Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:41:57 +0000 WorldDirector by Wornex International SRL en-gb The Game Awards will run a 48-hour demo 'festival' http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213003-the-game-awards-will-run-a-48-hour-demo-festival.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213003-the-game-awards-will-run-a-48-hour-demo-festival.html Public hands-on time at shows like E3 and PAX is great, but it's not much use if you can't be there in person. The Game Awards might have a simple solution for that problem: bring the show to you. It's introducing The Game Festival, an experimental...
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Cute kitten plays with snow http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212959-cute-kitten-plays-with-snow.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212959-cute-kitten-plays-with-snow.html “What is this sorcery?” Some cute video of a kitty playing in the fresh snow from IMGURian @Herkidar. You need this. Enjoy. Silly cat play with snow [via IMGUR] Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Holiday Baking Inspo: Corgi Butt Bread http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212960-holiday-baking-inspo-corgi-butt-bread.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212960-holiday-baking-inspo-corgi-butt-bread.html I love Corgis so much. This Japan-based bakery's corgi butt bread is something that I can really get behind. Next time you're in Sapporo, stop by @utiwapanya bakery for some corgi butt, or another one of their cute breads. 他にも、こんな子達も作っております♪( *´ω`* )/ 是非とも飼いに来て下さいね♪人懐っこい子ばかりですよ~♪ pic.twitter.com/elqsPoLamT — うちは、ぱんや。 (@utiwapanya) June 2, 2019 image courtesy @utiwapanya Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Breaking Linux files into pieces with the split command http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2213055-breaking-linux-files-into-pieces-with-the-split-command.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2213055-breaking-linux-files-into-pieces-with-the-split-command.html NetworkWorld: Some simple Linux commands allow you to break up files and reassemble them{loadposition fake}

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'The Matrix 4' premieres in theaters on May 21st, 2021 http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213004-the-matrix-4-premieres-in-theaters-on-may-21st-2021.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213004-the-matrix-4-premieres-in-theaters-on-may-21st-2021.html You didn't have to wait long to find out when the fourth Matrix movie will be ready. Warner Bros. has set the sequel's release date for May 21st, 2021, or right smack in the middle of blockbuster movie season. It clearly has confidence that the rev...
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How icy is Chicago? Salt truck slips into Lake Michigan http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212961-how-icy-is-chicago-salt-truck-slips-into-lake-michigan.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212961-how-icy-is-chicago-salt-truck-slips-into-lake-michigan.html In Chicago, a salt truck slid on the icy street right into Lake Michigan. The incident happened early Wednesday morning. Nobody got hurt. Two workers for the Chicago Park District workers managed to get out of the truck with no injuries when the salt truck they were steering along an icy lakefront bike path slipped into Lake Michigan. From AP: The pickup truck hit a slick spot and slipped backward into the water on Chicago’s near North Side around 7:20 a.m., said Dep. District Chief Jason Lach of the Chicago Fire Department Marine Dive Operations. It slid halfway into the water before getting caught on a breakwall. The two occupants were able to escape the sinking vehicle and crawl to safety, and both are in good condition. Screengrab: @abc7chicago “They were out there salting the area and the truck slid in,” Park District spokeswoman Michelle Lemons told the Chicago Tribune. Light to moderate snow will continue to move across the area through 10-11 a.m. There will be light accumulation including on roads, so allow extra morning commute time. Remember, snow covered roads, even if just lightly covered, are often slick! #ILwx #INwx pic.twitter.com/cZRKCf6Sfl — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) December 11, 2019 [screengrab: ABC 7 Chicago] Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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The Official PMP 6 Certification Training Course gives you what you need to ace the exam http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212962-the-official-pmp-6-certification-training-course-gives-you-what-you-need-to-ace-the-exam.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212962-the-official-pmp-6-certification-training-course-gives-you-what-you-need-to-ace-the-exam.html When it comes to the qualities of a good project manager, you hear a lot of talk about "soft skills" like leadership ability and confidence. And where does confidence come from? It comes from people who are dead certain they know the right steps to take. In other words, you've got to master the hard skills before the soft skills are even a consideration. And if you're gunning for a career in project management, the Official PMP 6 Certification Training Course is your quickest route to mastery over the all-important PMP Certification Exam (a major stepping stone for aspiring project managers). The exam itself draws on essential project management procedures in the Project Management Body of Knowledge guide. This course distills all the knowledge in that guide into a curriculum that will stick. It incorporates games, questionnaires and a host of interactive activities - a full 40 hours of it. By the end, you'll know what it takes to guide any team from that first budget outline to the launch party. (And needless to say, you'll know how to ace that PMP Certification.) The entire course is now on sale for 85% off the MSRP. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Naughty Dog is donating the money from its ‘Jak and Daxter’ reissues http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213005-naughty-dog-is-donating-the-money-from-its-jak-and-daxter-reissues.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213005-naughty-dog-is-donating-the-money-from-its-jak-and-daxter-reissues.html Early this year, to celebrate its 35th anniversary, game developer Naughty Dog did a physical reissue of its classic PS2-era Jak and Daxter games for PlayStation 4. Fans apparently loved it. The collector's edition sold out in hours and the standard...
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Trains perform Pachelbel's "Canon in D Major" http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212963-trains-perform-pachelbels-qcanon-in-d-majorq.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212963-trains-perform-pachelbels-qcanon-in-d-majorq.html Vigilant trainspotters will notice Thomas the Tank Engine sitting in with these real world trains. Delightful editing by Pavel Jirásek using source material from the video below (and elsewhere): (via The Kid Should See This and Kottke) Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Microsoft Teams Is Now Officially Available For Linux http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2213056-microsoft-teams-is-now-officially-available-for-linux.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2213056-microsoft-teams-is-now-officially-available-for-linux.html It is official!! Microsoft Teams client is now available for Linux users.{loadposition fake}

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Twitter lets you upload iOS Live Photos as GIFs at last http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213006-twitter-lets-you-upload-ios-live-photos-as-gifs-at-last.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213006-twitter-lets-you-upload-ios-live-photos-as-gifs-at-last.html Twitter is offering iOS users another way to get more out of Live Photos by letting you turn them into GIFs "anywhere you upload photos on Twitter." It's not clear whether this'll work for Pixel motion photos as well. Engadget has asked Twitter for c...
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Google groups news results by story to show you relevant articles http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213007-google-groups-news-results-by-story-to-show-you-relevant-articles.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213007-google-groups-news-results-by-story-to-show-you-relevant-articles.html Google is making it a little easier to sift through news stories -- and potentially find more informative stories in the process. It's rolling out a search feature that uses AI to organize news articles by story in carousels. This not only helps yo...
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Heartwarming story about how Olivia Newton-John got back her iconic Grease leather jacket http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212964-heartwarming-story-about-how-olivia-newton-john-got-back-her-iconic-grease-leather-jacket.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212964-heartwarming-story-about-how-olivia-newton-john-got-back-her-iconic-grease-leather-jacket.html Olivia Newton-John recently auctioned off hundreds of personal items from her career to benefit the Cancer Wellness & Research Centre she built in Australia. The big ticket item was her leather jacket from Grease that sold for almost $250,000. Turns out the buyer, a Grease superfan, is a wealthy physician and entrepreneur who returned the jacket to Newton-John. From CNN: "This jacket belongs to you and the collective soul of those who love you, those for whom you are the soundtrack of their lives. It should not sit in a billionaire's closet for country club bragging rights," the anonymous buyer said in Los Angeles this weekend, in a video posted on Facebook by Julien's Auctions. "For this reason I humbly and respectfully return it to its rightful owner, which is you." The buyer wanted to remain anonymous, so his face is blurred in the video... "You're the best, you're the best! I'm so grateful," Newton-John said, while hugging the jacket and then the buyer. "This is the most beautiful present, but mainly it's your heart that I'm grateful for." She seemed thrilled when the buyer asked if she would put it on display in her cancer center. "Yes, it was was always my dream to do that, so yes!" Newton-John said. Here's Julien's Auctions video of the moment posted to their Facebook page. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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DXVK To Enter Maintenance Mode Because Of Fragility And Unreliability http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2213057-dxvk-to-enter-maintenance-mode-because-of-fragility-and-unreliability.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2213057-dxvk-to-enter-maintenance-mode-because-of-fragility-and-unreliability.html LinuxUprising: It looks like DXVK, the Vulkan-based translation layer for Direct3D 11 and 10, is entering maintenance mode.{loadposition fake}

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Mysteries of the Unknown: Inside the world of the strange and unexplained http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212965-mysteries-of-the-unknown-inside-the-world-of-the-strange-and-unexplained.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212965-mysteries-of-the-unknown-inside-the-world-of-the-strange-and-unexplained.html As a kid, I devoured cheap paperback books about “strange but true” phenomena. The short stories were anthologized from men’s adventure magazines of the 40s-60s and recounted mysteries such as: Who made the eerie statues on Easter Island? What happened on Amelia Earhart’s final flight? How do rocks in the desert move by themselves and leave trails in the mud? How do people spontaneously combust? Why did hundreds and hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the heads of astonished residents of a small town in Australia? These stories set my imagination on fire. Unfortunately, as I learned years later by going online, most of the stories turned out to be poorly researched or outright bogus. Mysteries of the Unknown is like these old books, but the stories are backed by solid research and a healthy amount of skepticism that does not detract from the fun. In fact, it makes the stories more fun. As an added bonus, the ample photos and illustrations bring the mysteries to life, making them even more mysterious. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Oculus is rolling out its expanded social VR features http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213008-oculus-is-rolling-out-its-expanded-social-vr-features.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213008-oculus-is-rolling-out-its-expanded-social-vr-features.html Along with Quest hand tracking, one of Facebook's big announcements at Oculus Connect 6 in September was a batch of social VR features. You'll get to try them over the coming days, as Oculus is starting to roll them out.
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Cheap phone rocker for boosting your daily step count http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212966-cheap-phone-rocker-for-boosting-your-daily-step-count.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212966-cheap-phone-rocker-for-boosting-your-daily-step-count.html Aliexpress has lots of these little gadgets that rock a phone back-and-forth to fool the pedometer into thinking you are walking on a treadmill. They cost about $2. Why? "Some insurance companies in China allow people who consistently reach a certain daily step count to get discounted health insurance premiums," writes Matthew Brennan. Chinese phone cradle for boosting your phone's daily step count. Some insurance companies in China allow people who consistently reach a certain daily step count to get discounted health insurance premiums. pic.twitter.com/pJFBSYqdlb — Matthew Brennan (@mbrennanchina) May 14, 2019 [via 52 Things I Learned in 2019] Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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The weird history of magical ways to protect your home http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212967-the-weird-history-of-magical-ways-to-protect-your-home.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212967-the-weird-history-of-magical-ways-to-protect-your-home.html Last month, I posted about "witch bottles" -- containers of curious items like human teeth, fish hooks, glass shards, and undetermined liquid -- sometimes found in chimneys or inside walls of old buildings where they were placed to ward off evil spells, spirits, and curses. Turns out that there's a new book -- "Magical House Protection: the Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft" by Brian Hoggard -- all about the strange history of witch bottles and other kinds of occult home protection! From John Rimmer's post about the text over at Magonia Review of Books: We are all familiar with the practice of hanging up horse-shoes as a ‘good-luck’ token, although there is some disagreement as to whether the points of the shoe should be pointing up or down. My grandmother insisted that if the points were turned down, “the luck would all run out”. Lots of people hang up a horseshoe, but maybe we would be less inclined to bury a dead cat under our threshold, or place a bottle full of urine and nail clippings up our chimney, or nail horses skulls underneath the floorboards? These are just some of the objects which have been used for centuries to offer some sort of ‘magical protection’ to houses and other properties. In the past magic and witchcraft was not a topic for discussion between believers and sceptics, it was just an ordinary part of everyday life, and taking precautions to divert its power was seen as no more remarkable than taking an umbrella with you on a wet day to protect you from the rain. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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AMD's new Radeon software offers game streaming away from home http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213009-amds-new-radeon-software-offers-game-streaming-away-from-home.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2213009-amds-new-radeon-software-offers-game-streaming-away-from-home.html AMD is finishing 2019 with a big software update, particularly for gamers who'd rather not leave their PC games at home. It just released Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020, and the most eye-catching feature is support for game streaming to phones over...
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Man "registers" hive of bees as service animals http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212968-man-qregistersq-hive-of-bees-as-service-animals.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2212968-man-qregistersq-hive-of-bees-as-service-animals.html In Prescott Valley, Arizona, David Keller was annoyed by the number of people he believes are falsely registering their pets as service animals so they can take them anywhere they want. So he visited a site called USAServiceDogRegistration.com and registered a hive of bees as his service animals. Of course, as service dog trainer Jaymie Cardin told AZFamily, these sites "don't mean anything. You can go pay for a registry on one of those web sites, and basically, you're just paying for a piece of paper and to put a name on a list." From ADA.gov: There are individuals and organizations that sell service animal certification or registration documents online. These documents do not convey any rights under the ADA and the Department of Justice does not recognize them as proof... Also, Federal Law states that only dogs and miniature horses can be officially recognized as service animals. In any case, Keller called his prank a success due to the, er, buzz it generated. "(These sites) are making people believe all animals are service animals when they're not," Keller said. "And there's a clear difference." image: "Western honey bee" by Andreas Trepte (CC BY-SA 2.5) Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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